Stephen Knight


Specialist in

Direct Access


Stephen is a committed criminal defence and public law practitioner. He has been described by his clients as “warm and friendly, but formidable”, “razor-sharp”, and “a relentless advocate”, and by his instructing solicitors as having a “breath-taking ability to condense facts and legal arguments in a terse yet persuasive style” and a “huge heart and ability to empathise with the wrongfully convicted and their families”. His approach to his cases is informed by his work with the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, where he helps to co-ordinate the legal observing project.


Jurisprudence and Legal Theory LLM, Distinction, University College London.
Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School.
Law with French LLB, First Class with distinction in spoken French, University of Sheffield.

Professional Memberships

Executive Committee of the Criminal Bar Association


English (native)
French (working knowledge)


Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple, 2010.
John Grosse Prize in the Common Law of England, University of Sheffield, 2010.

R v AK Citation (2020) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

The Court of Appeal quashed convictions for possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of criminal property.

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Re M (a minor) (2019) Criminal Cases Review Commission

Stephen successfully obtained the referral of a child’s conviction for sexual offences back to the Crown Court

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Rotherham 12 [2016] Crown Court at Sheffield

Stephen was instructed as part of the defence team led by Michael Mansfield QC in the successful defence of the Rotherham 12. The case was covered by Channel 4 and the Guardian among others.

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R v S [2016] Crown Court at Croydon

Represented a vulnerable survivor of torture experiencing PTSD, charged with theft, who had admitted the offence in interview.

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R v X [2016] Criminal Cases Review Commission

Pro bono case with the London Innocence Project pending before the CCRC, involving a historic conviction for murder. The original application was refused along with further representations.

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R v Robinson [2015] Crown Court at Leicester

Represented a student protester accused of assaulting a security guard at a university occupation. Successful submission of no case to answer on the basis of the complainant’s account being thoroughly

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R v Hashi, Idle, Khalif, and Pirabakaran [2014] Crown Court at Isleworth then Court of Appeal

Represented two defendants convicted of supplying class A drugs in an application for post-conviction ASBOs, as part of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Zeus targeting over 30 drug dealers. The ASB

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R v Jones [2014] Maidstone Magistrates’ Court

Represented a defendant accused of a s 4 public order offence against a police officer at an anti-fascist demonstration. Secured an acquittal after extensive evidence of police violence shown to the c

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R v Atkins and others [2014] Brighton Magistrates’ Court

Represented 5 of 11 protesters on trial for obstructing the highway at the Cuadrilla fracking site in Balcombe. All defendants were acquitted after trial involving detailed legal argument on reasonabl

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R v Q [2013] Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court

Represented a defendant suffering from severe paranoid psychosis on allegations of harassment. Obtained a non-conviction disposal without hospital order or guardianship.

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